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receive, the more hath he to account for, as to the improve. ment of them ; for “ to whom much is given, of them much shall be required."

2dly, Instead of despising others that are not come your length, study to be helpful and serviceable unto them. The vefsels of cups are ordinarily filled out of the flagons; fo ftudy to impart and communicate of your grace, of your faith, love, hope, knowledge, and other graces, unto those that are weak in grace. The Atrong children in a family are helpful to the young and weak. Thus it is in the natural body, the strong member is helpful unto the weak and infirm ; so ought it to be in the mystical body of Christ. And when you see any fall through weakness, do not triumph over them; but “ strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees; fay to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong; restore such an one with a spirit of meekness.

3dly, Whatever grace you have received, be not strong or confident therein, like Peter ; but be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and let the life you live be by faith in the Son of God. Grace received will soon give way in a day of trial and temptation. An innocent Adam, left with the stock in his hand, foon turned bankrupt, and ruined all his pofterity. And therefore, I say, do not trust to the life or grace you

have in hand, but in the grace and life you have in your head Jesus Christ, the glorious Manager and Steward of his Father's house. Still remember, that all the vessels hang upon him ; and therefore let all the weight lie where God has laid it.

3. A word of advice unto vessels of all fizes, whether they be vefjols of cups, or vessels of flagons.

1/1, Adore the riches of divine grace and mercy, that put a difference between you and others, for naturally you were as bad as others.

2dly, Let every one pofless his vesel in sanctification and honour. Do not debale or desile the vessel of thy soul or body, by prostituting it into the service of sin, Satan, or any abominable luft. Yon was once lying in the miry clay of nature, but God has washed, justified, and fanctified you; and therefore study to keep yourfelf clean and holy in heart, life, and in all manner of conversation. If you defile yourselves with fin, the Manager of the house will be fair to caft you into a furnace of aslełion, or, like Jonah, to plunge you inta deep waters, till you acknowledge, “Mine own iniquities cor

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A ROBBERY COMMITTED, AND RESTITSIOS11

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A SERMON,

FREACHED UPON A THANKSGIVING DAT, AFTER THE SAL.

MENT, IN DUNFERMLINE, MONDAY, ACG. II. 1746.

Psal. Ixix. 4.—Then I restored that wbich I tock not away.

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pfalm applied unto Christ in the scriptures of the New Testament, particularly that in the 9th verse of the psalm, * The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up,” we find it ap

plied * I have perused the following notes of my fermon, preached at Dunfermline Auguft lít, taken from my mouth in the delivery. My other work cannot allow me time to transcribe it. However, I have corre&cd and amended what I th..! might mar the sense. If the doctritit , *

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receive, the more hath he to account for, as to the improve. ment of them ; for “ to whom much is given, of them much fhall be required.”

2dly, Instead of despising others that are not come your length, study to be helpful and serviceable unto them. The vessels of cups are ordinarily filled out of the flagons; so study to impart and communicate of your grace, of your faith, love, hope, knowledge, and other graces, unto those that are weak in grace. The strong children in a family are helpful to the young and weak. Thus it is in the natural body, the strong member is helpful unto the weak and infirm ; so ought it to be in the mystical body of Christ. And when you see any fall through weakness, do not triumph over them; but “ strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees ; fay to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong; restore such an one with a spirit of meekness.

3dly, Whatever grace you have received, be not strong or confident therein, like Peter ; but be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and let the life you live be by faith in the Son of God. Grace received will soon give way in a day of trial and temptation. An innocent Adam, left with the stock in his hand, foon turned bankrupt, and ruined all his pofterity. And therefore, I say, do not trust to the life or grace you

have in hand, but in the grace and life you have in your head Jesus Christ, the glorious Manager and Steward of his Father's house. Still remember, that all the veffels hang upon him ; and therefore let all the weight lie where God has laid it.

3. A word of advice unto vessels of all sizes, whether they be vesels of cups, or vessels of flagons. Ist, Adore the riches of divine

mercy,

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put a difference between you and others, for naturally you were as bad as others.

2dly, Let every one possess his vesel in fanétification and honour. Do not debale or desile the vessel of thy foul or body, by prostituting it unto the service of fin, Satan, or any abominable luft. You was once lying in the miry clay of nature, but God has washed, justified, and fanétified you; and therefore study to keep yourself clean and holy in heart, life, and in all manner of conversation. If

you defile yourselves with fin, the Manager of the house will be fair to cast you into a furnace of afliiction, or, like Jonah, to plunge you inta decp waters, till you acknowledge, "Mine own iniquities correct me, and my backflidings do reprove me.” 3dly, When you find any defilement of fin cleaving to you

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(which you will never miss while in the body), flee to the fountain opened for fin and for uncleanness in the house of David. Be often bathing thy foul in the blood of Jesus, which cleanseth from all fin.

4tbly, Come to the fountain for supply under all wants, that you may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. “ Out of his fulness do all we receive, and grace

for grace.” Let thy vessel just lie under the flowing of is beiled fountain, that it may never be found empty when the midnight cry is made, “ Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him."

Lastly, Pray for a plentiful outpouring of the Spirit, according to the promise, If. xliv. 3. “ I will pour floods upon the dry ground," that so all the empty vessels of the land, that are deftitute of the waters of God's grace, may be filled; and those that are hanging upon the first Adam, and under the curse of the law, may, by the power of grace, change their holding, and 'hang upon the nail that God has faftened in a fare place.

A ROBBERY COMMITTED, AND RESTITUTION MADE,

BOTH TO GOD AND MAN *.

A SERMON,

PREACHED UPON A THANKSGIVING DAY, AFTER THE SACRA

MENT, IN DUNFERMLINE, MONDAY, AUG. II. 1746.

Psal. Ixix. 4.-Then I restored that which I took not away.

T is abundantly plain, that there are several passages in this

psalm applied unto Chrift in the scriptures of the New Testament, particularly that in the 9th verse of the psalm, * The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up,” we find it ap

plied I have perused the following notes of my fermon, preached at Dunfermline Auguft luft, taken from my mouth in the delivery. My other work cannot allow me time to transcribe it. However, I have corrected and amended what I thought might mar the sense. If the doctrine of the gospel here delivered be understood, I am not anxious about the wisdom of words, left the gospel should be of none effect. Stirling, Dec. 27. 1746.

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plied to Christ, John ii. 17.; and likewise that immediately following, “ The reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me,” Rom. xv. 3. ; so likewise in the 21st verse, “ They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink,” applied to Christ, Matth, xxvii. 48. and Mark xv. 23. But I need go no further to prove this, than the first word of the verse where my text lies, * They hate me without a cause," Chrift applies it to himfelf, in John xv 25. We find our Lord here, in the verre where my text lies, he is complaining of his enemies; he complains of their causeless hatred in the first clause of the verse, “ They hate me without a cause;" he complains of their multitude, " They are more than the hairs of mine head ;" he complains of their implacable cruelty, "They that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty." Now our blessed Lord is thus treated by the world, whom he came to save. When there is such a powerful combination of hell and earth against him, one would have been ready to think, that he would have stopped, and gone no further : but he did not faint, nor was be discouraged, for all the opposition that was made against him ; for you see, in the words I have read, what he was doing for loft finners, when he was meeting with harsh entertainment from them. Then, even then, says he, I restored that which I took not away.

In which words you may notice these following particulars. (1.) You have here a robbery disclaimed; a robbery was committed, but it is disclaimed by the Son of God; I took not away. There was fomething taken away from God and from man; by whom it is not faid, but it is easy to say, that surely an enemy did it. But then, (2.) We have a reftitution made of that robbery that was committed: I reflored, faith Christ, I rejtored what I took not away. The work of man’s redemption, it is a restitution both unto God and into man of what was taken away by fin and by Satan. When once the work of redemption is completed, there will be a restitution of all things ; for we read, A&s iii. 21. of the “ fitution of all things.” Again, (3) We have an account of the person restoring. Who ide the reftitution? It was 1, faith the Lord; I restored what I toolé not away.

I who speak in righteousness, and who an miglity to save, I the child born, and the son given to the fons of men, whose name is “ Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of peace;" I, even I restored wbat I cook not away. Again, (4.) You have the voluntariness 21 d frankness of the deed. No man is obliged to make resti

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